Livin’ (Television Thoughts: Vida, Starz, S01 E01)

MV5BN2M1MWRkYjMtZjc4Ny00ODAwLThkOTMtNzY5OTVlYTQ3MGY1XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzY0MTE3NzU@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_It’s Pride month and I am just now realizing how appropriate it is that I just started watching the Starz series ‘Vida’ this month, as it centers around a lesbian character. A pair of sisters go home for their mom’s funeral, and they find out that their mother was a lesbian, who was running their family business (a bar) with her wife. Of course, this becomes the catalyst for the series. Plus, it raises the questions of how neighborhoods are being gentrified to become the next hot neighborhood, leaving out its residents, out the door. In this political climate, this is a great series to provoke your mind. For example, when one of the series suggests that they sell their building, the other asks, “and what about the other tenants here, you do know they are mostly undocumented, and they will never find somewhere to live.’  These make me like the show right away, and from the first scene I am emotionally invested. The sisters have a very complicated relationship, and the actors (Melissa Barrera and Mistel Prada) are competent, and instantly, we feel the complexity of these people, which makes them more real – it seems like nothing is cardboard here.

 

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